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MEDS 2012 LJUBLJANA – international student workshop competition

25/03/2012 by architectural competitions


MEDS – Meeting of design students – is an international association developed by and for design students from different European countries. It was founded in 2010 with an aim to bring together European students of architecture, interior architecture, industrial design, graphic design, etc. to work on the same project on an international level and explore practical world of designing.
With this idea MEDS organizes an annual event, usually lasting ten days, which takes place each summer in a different European city.
The main goal of MEDS is to share international experiences and knowledge to generate new and fresh ideas, to enrich the city in which the workshop takes place, and as a participant to become part of something bigger; an exciting and dynamic design community.

Every year organizers choose a theme of workshop that is related to the hosting city. Event’s workshop, exhibition, lectures and social events are designed around the theme, allowing participants to gain a deeper understanding of the ideas driving the projects.

sensABILITY – LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA (5.-17.8.2012)

The five senses are fundamental to our everyday perceptions of the world. Designers strive to stimulate feelings and emotions based on people’s reactions to their senses in a particular environment. Unfortunately, in contemporary culture we are sensually biased: visual qualities predominate.
sensABILITY aims to free the participant from this visually driven world.
Workshops will strive to liberate our sense of touch, sound, smell and potentially even taste, to give us a richer understanding and appreciation of the designed world around us.
There are many accessories designed to help and guide us through the city, causing us to become passive in attitude and less aware of the space that surrounds us. Traffic lights, zebra crossings and pavements have made it almost unnecessary for pedestrians to observe each other. Let’s change this and regenerate our senses!


MEDS workshop is available for all students of design across Europe and beyond. MEDS 2012 in Ljubljana is limited to 7 students per country; participants will be chosen based on a poster competition before the workshop and tutors are chosen based on a project competition.
The capacity of MEDS 2012 workshop will be increased to 250 students from 30 European countries. Students will be accommodated in the center of Ljubljana, where workshop will be held.


A tutor is the author of one of the workshop proposals selected for realization by the MEDS Team.
We have 2 types of tutors:

– students of architecture and design
– graduated architects or designers – normally they are invited to be the tutors by MEDS team

Each student or graduated architect/designer can apply as a tutor.
Tutor has to make a proposal based on selected theme and send it to by April 23rd 2012.
MEDS team will choose the best ideas and announce them as winning projects.
Tutor’s obligation is to make a presentation of his project and represent it at the conference at the beginning of the workshop. After that other participants will split into groups, on the basis of the project they like the most.

Proposal could be anything which contains design disciplines and would take two weeks of working. The main aim is to produce an installation in open space, through which participants will familiarize themselves with new materials and skills, constructing real project.
Meanwhile there will be also small workshops not based on construction, like graphic design, photography, multimedia, fashion, etc. You can propose a workshop which will offer new skills in other design disciplines.
MEDS team will choose approximately 15 installations projects and 3 non construction-based workshops.
What we are interested in, is your idea of potential project, which will be developed during the workshop in co-operation with participants.


If you would like to participate in MEDS 2012 in Ljubljana as a participant representing your country, or as a tutor, we ask you to submit an image reflecting upon the theme of sensABILITY.
Through the making of this image you will grasp the essence of MEDS 2012 and become even more excited and impatient about the moment when you will find yourself in Ljubljana, surrounded by hundreds of students of a similar thinking, all itching to begin their workshops and explore new ideas and concepts with you, a fellow participant.

If you want to become a tutor or participant, please read more information in Participation and Tutor pack.


MEDS operates in countries all over Europe with a help of National Contacts. They are the ones, who are responsible for every year’s selection of participants. You will send all required files to the National Contact of the country where you study.
National Contacts will also help you with all the information about MEDS workshop that could be useful to you.


The cost of the workshop is €200 and it includes:

– accommodation
– breakfast and dinner
– construction materials
– lectures
– trips, entrance fees…

Participants and tutors will need to pay the registration fee of €50 by June 15th 2012. The rest of the fee has to be paid before the beginning of the workshop.
If for some reason the participant decides not to collaborate on a workshop, registration fee will not be
All information about the process of payment will be announced after the results of poster competition, that is after May 21st 2012.


23.4.2012 – deadline of project competition for becoming a tutor
30.4.2012 – announcement of the winning projects and their tutors
14.5.2012 – deadline of poster competition for becoming a participant
21.5.2012 – announcement of poster competition winners
15.6.2012 – tutors and participants have to pay registration fee, €50
5.8.2012 – the beginning of the workshop – the rest of the fee has to be paid.

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